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Executive Forum for Leading Internationalization to Explore Comprehensive Strategy for International Students

WASHINGTON, DC – While many institutions today have a strategy in place for recruiting international students, these plans may not encompass their on-campus experience, integration, and shared learning with students from a variety of cultural backgrounds. The 2016 Executive Forum for Leading Internationalization, “Engaging International Students: Beyond Recruiting,” will help senior campus leaders formulate a broader approach.

A one-day forum for college and university presidents, chief academic officers (CAOs), and senior international officers (with their president or CAO) to explore strategies for advancing internationalization, this year’s meeting will take place November 1 at the American Council on Education’s (ACE) offices in Washington, DC. ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement invites chief student affairs officers to also attend this year with their president or CAO. Click here to register.

This year’s keynote speaker, Gail O. Mellow, president of LaGuardia Community College (NY), will share her unique insights as the leader of a highly international and diverse institution whose students represent 150 countries and speak more than 111 languages. Under Mellow's leadership, LaGuardia, a member of the ACE Internationalization Laboratory's 13th cohort, has introduced innovative programs that recognize students' global and multicultural backgrounds as a strength.

Other sessions at this year’s meeting will highlight research on international student support and satisfaction; discuss opportunities for creating inclusive learning environments, both in and out of the classroom; and provide insights from senior leaders who have implemented institution-wide strategies aimed at building a welcoming, integrated campus community.

For more information, contact Heather H. Ward, associate director for internationalization and global engagement, at hward@acenet.edu or 202/939-9320.

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